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Car Float

Do you have one of these to spare?

I am looking for a couple of these, if you have one you would like to sell or trade let me know, they are a good match for this layout. They pop up on eBay from time to time, but the last few listed the sellers would not sell outside of the US.

-T.

About the Author:

I'm your host, Tim Warris, a product developer in Port Dover, Ontario. Since March of 2007 I have been documenting the construction of the former CNJ Bronx Terminal in HO scale. For my day job, I design track building tools for Fast Tracks, a small company I own and operate. Fast Tracks makes it fast and easy to hand lay your own trackwork. Stop by our website to learn more!

Posted by: Tim | 04-07-2008 | 10:04 AM
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Walther’s Carfloat cont’d

Upgrading Rail

The rail included with the Walther’s Carfloat kit is pretty crappy.  Its plastic and is supplied in short 6″ lengths.  I guess since technically no locomotive runs on a carfloat this isn’t an issue, although they did move the loco’s used at the Bronx on and off the property on carfloats, so much for that therory…

It was a no brainer that I would replace this with some real rail, although I won’t be powering it and I’m unlikely to operate a loco on the floats as it would mean running feeders to the floats.

Fortunately it is pretty easy to add rail.  The support plates on the deck of the float are designed to take code 70 or 83 rail.  I simply glued lengths of rail in place using Pliobond.  A bit of heat with a soldering iron to cure the adheasive and it is perminantly set.  I initally tried using epoxy, but it was too brittle when cured and the rail poped off quite easily.  With Pliobond you’d have to rip the float apart to get it off.

I am amazed that after all this time a company like Walthers can’t get the track gauging through the frog to work right.  They make turnouts for pete’s sake!  Anyway, after placing the rail in the pre-formed locations for the frog on the carfloat it ran very poorly.  The flangeways, check gauge and track gauge were way off, so I tore the rail off and removed all the alignment tabs moulded onto the deck and laid the frog properly.  After that is operates smoothly.  Geez.

To lock a (real) carfloat solid to the float bridge there are large steel pockets on the front deck of the carfloats and the float bridge.  Heavy steel bars are ratcheted in place in several locations to stabilize the float and keep it from tipping while being unloaded.  The stock Walther’s carfloat has 4 of these of plastic, but the actual floats all had 6.  I replaced the plastic versions with smaller, more scale metal castings from Sea Port Model Works

I wasn’t going to modify this float much beyond the stock kit, figured I’d save the scratchbuilt float project for later.  Since the float bridge will also have the metal pockets I need them to line up with the floats, so I decided to make this change to the Walther’s float.

It actually took longer to add the rail to the float than it did to build everything else!  Worth it though.

The track bumpers in the kit also include plastic rail that just doesn’t look right up against the metal rail, so I am forming these from bits of code 70.

All the bitts and pieces from the kit look good enough, so I will use the stock versions, even though the Sea Port Model Works carfloat detail kit included some metal versions.  I’m gluing on some bitts here.  Hey, I just got that…

Having the original builders drawings for a carfloat is coming in handy!  The Walther’s kit is a pretty close match to these drawings, although I don’t have any of the detail sheets, only a couple of full size views.

On to Next Section

-T.

About the Author:

I'm your host, Tim Warris, a product developer in Port Dover, Ontario. Since March of 2007 I have been documenting the construction of the former CNJ Bronx Terminal in HO scale. For my day job, I design track building tools for Fast Tracks, a small company I own and operate. Fast Tracks makes it fast and easy to hand lay your own trackwork. Stop by our website to learn more!

Posted by: Tim | 11-27-2008 | 10:11 AM
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Dock for Sale

Former Port Kelsey Railway Dock

Marks carfloat not included. Click on images for larger view…

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This is the only piece of the Port Kelsey Ry. that I saved. Since I am unlikely to ever build a layout that would suit this scene I decided to sell it off. Its no good to anyone in my garage!

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These are a few shots of the dock, there is a gallery full of images here. This dock was completely scratch built by me two years ago for my former Port Kelsey Railway. The construction process was documented with several pictures on the Port Kelsey Railway website. These posts can be viewed here.

The top of the dock is planked with several hundred individual pieces, each with nail detail. There are four tracks on the dock with a single crossover consisting of #4 turnouts to allow engines to run around a train right on the dock. The initial design was to include a car float apron to allow for off line traffic to be generated via car floats. A Walthers carfloat is shown here and would work well on this piece. The Walther’s carfloat shown here will not be included!

The elevated structure shown in the images will be included. This is a freelance design similar to the Walter’s version that I laser cut and assembled.

There are 3 number 5 turnouts at the throat. All five turnouts have Tortoise switch machines installed and wired up, they all function. Bus and feeder wires are also completely installed. This section of the layout was fully functional when the layout was dismantled.

The water surface is painted a greenish black colour. No water is in place yet. Several hundred individual piles have been glued to the dock, painted to look like algae has been building up. Details of the painting process are in the former Port Kelsey site.

The entire section is 80″ long by 18″ wide.

I have no idea what an item like this is worth, but I know it isn’t worth anything just sitting in my garage. I will put it on eBay and see what happens.

Due to its size it might be difficult to ship. The best option is to pick it up here. If you really want it I can arrange to have it shipped. Details will have to be negotiated. If you want to have it shipped be sure to email me about it before you bid on the dock.

I would not be too surprised if I don’t get any bids at all, so I will put a reserve on the auction, just so I am not giving it away for $20 or something.

More images here.

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The eBay auction for this can be found by clicking here.

-T.

About the Author:

I'm your host, Tim Warris, a product developer in Port Dover, Ontario. Since March of 2007 I have been documenting the construction of the former CNJ Bronx Terminal in HO scale. For my day job, I design track building tools for Fast Tracks, a small company I own and operate. Fast Tracks makes it fast and easy to hand lay your own trackwork. Stop by our website to learn more!

Posted by: Tim | 05-13-2008 | 10:05 PM
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